BMW Security Concerns
It’s July and time to celebrate our Freedom! Believe it or not, BMW was trying to ruin some of that recently by pushing a bill in California that would have essentially locked out all independent repairers from working on anything related to “security” of the vehicle. Because of the integrated electronics in your modern vehicle we are speaking of Ignitions, transmissions, etc.. This is not a security problem, as legitimate mechanical car shops are not stealing the cars they are fixing! Currently we have to show proof that the car is here with us, provide the registration etc.., (every time) to get a key remade. But, the manufacturers were trying to go beyond just “keys”.
This could have been a serious problem for the consumer. The bill is SB750, which is essentially dead for the next 2 years. We do expect this to come up again and hopefully the automotive repair coalitions that fought this successfully will again prevail. But, we have to be vigilant and keep current with what is happening in the State to avoid this attack on your freedom and ours. You have a choice of where to take your BMW, MINI or Mercedes, and we all want to keep it that way.
To ensure that vehicle owners had continued access to security key information, electronic and otherwise, a SB1542 was passed in 2006. Prior to that in ’99/00 a bill SB1146, (Chapter 1077-Stats 2000) was also passed to ensure that the independent shops have access to all technical information. This is the only way to keep a competitive market place for your automotive services. Let’s face it, if the good independent auto repair shops go out of business, you the consumer will not have a choice other than a dealership.
Happy 4th of July!